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Community Relations

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the Prevent strand of Project Contest, in which boroughs the Pan-London Somali Youth Forum is operating; how much each borough implementing the forum project was allocated in 2007-08; what the budget is for the project for 2008-09; and what mechanisms are in place to assess whether the Pan-London Somali Youth Forum is effective in preventing radicalisation amongst Somali youths. (263170)

I have been asked to reply.

The Home Office has made a grant of £57,511 available to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 2008-09 to support the Pan-London Somali Youth Forum project as part of the Prevent strategy.

The Metropolitan Police Service is working with the Pan-London Somali Youth Forum so that it will have a representative from 16 London boroughs: Barnet, Bromley, Camden, Ealing, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.

The Home Office is monitoring progress under the terms of the grant agreement with the MPS.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department has plans to rename the Preventing Violent Extremism programme. (267682)

There are no plans to rename the Preventing Violent Extremism Programme. We are in constant dialogue with communities on how this programme is developed and taken forward.